Rangers Produce Fitting Fernando Ricksen Europa League Tribute!

Even the TV audience could feel the emotion that was coming from Ibrox last night.

The club still mourning a legend’s passing produced a battling and energetic performance that the late Fernando Ricksen would have been proud of!

It seems fitting that Rangers would gain such an inspirational victory against a team from Fernando’s homeland in an important Europa League fixture.

The Gers fans had the Ibrox stands rocking from the get go.

That heady atmosphere seemed to cause nerves for the home side in the first ten minutes as Feyenoord were the team on top. Again that kind of ties into the Gers career of Fernando, who at the start of his time at Govan was hauled off in the early stages of an Old Firm clash because his nerves got the best of him.

It was lovely that everyone applauded the former Rangers and Dutch international right-back on the second minute (he wore the number two jersey). Both managers joined in, as did players on the park like Alfredo Morelos. It shows that football really isn’t the be all and end all, even during such a high pressured game!

Ricksen didn’t let that first dismal first Old Firm game define his time in Glasgow and the Light Blues last night also stepped away from the nerves to take control of their own destiny.

I think it’s fair to say Fernando Ricksen had some temperamental issues when he played in Rangers Blue and the same can definitely be said about Gers hitman Morelos. But again like the Dutchman, when totally focused Alfredo is a warrior who will gave his all for the shirt. He was terrific last night. Yes he tired towards the end and he snatched at a few chances but he ran all day, gave the Feyenoord defence a torrid time and his link-up play was sublime.

He was ably supported by Scott Arfield and Sheyi Ojo. The duo would help press and they also tried as much as they could to stay close to Morelos.

It probably should’ve been fate that Rangers got a penalty and their number two and captain stood up to take the kick. Unfortunately James Tavernier couldn’t keep to the fairytale script as his penalty hit the post and flew wide. Although it should be noted that Tavernier did work hard on the right and push forward when he could just as Ricksen used to do in Govan.

On the other side of the park Croatian left-back Borna Barisic had one of his best games as a Rangers player. It was he who won the ball well inside Feyenoord’s half, that would arrive at the feet of Sheyi Ojo and the Liverpool loanee struck a powerful shot into the back of the net with his left foot. Fernando scored a few thunderbolts during his career but I’m not sure he hit one as sweet as Ojo did last night. The young Englishman ran towards the crowd and dedicated his fantastic strike to the late Rangers captain.

Rangers were certainly the dominant team as the half-time whistle blew, if anything Jaap Stam’s men were lucky not to be losing by more.

In the second half it became more of a battle as the Scottish Premiership side couldn’t find that second goal and their Dutch counterparts started to come more and more into the game.

Trendiness also crept in but it’s in big moments like that when you need your warriors to step up. Ryan Jack did a great job in midfield in midfield and, in defence, new boy Filip Helander looked assured and was winning any ball that came near him.

If Feyenoord did manage to breach Steven Gerrard’s defence then Allan McGregor was there to keep them at bay with a couple of fine stops. For me, McGregor is the best keeper Rangers have had for big European nights.

You could feel the tension growing as the final whistle neared but Rangers fought hard for the win and they managed to see it out.

It was a performance that did remind me of Fernando Ricksen and I loved that beyond anything else!

Afterwards Gers boss Gerrard said this:

“It has been an emotional time for everyone connected to the club, and more importantly, for Fernando’s young family.”

“All I wanted was for that whistle to go and for his family and him looking down to be really proud of the performance and I think the players gave him that.”


I 100% agree with the Rangers manager, it was a fine performance that Fernando would have been proud of!

I wish to dedicate this article to Fernando Ricksen and his family.

Manchester United Should be Eyeing Up Callum Wilson

You could sense that Manchester United were going to be fragile in the forward areas this season.

The Old Trafford side sold Romelu Lukaku before the transfer window shut in the summer and they didn’t replace the Belgian, who bagged twenty-eight Premier League goals during his two years at the club.

Under former boss Jose Mourinho, Lukaku was often the focal point to United’s attack. That started to change once Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the managerial reigns but Romelu still grabbed goals for Ole, even if he wasn’t an automatic starter.

His departure left the Manchester giants with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial as the recognised first team forwards. Both are potential world beaters but neither have yet netted more than eleven league goals in a single campaign.

Solskjaer also promoted young Mason Greenwood to the first team squad but the boy is still only seventeen and looks very raw. He can’t be considered as a first team starter and will get most of his chances from the best this term.

That’s it!

Anthony Martial has missed United last few games due to a thigh injury (Via The Metro) and it has shown up just how threadbare Man Utd’s attack really is. Too much pressure is now at the feet of Rashford as he tries to find the goals needed to secure his side valuable points.

I can’t believe that the Man United hierarchy aren’t actively pursuing targets in the hope of bringing in a new striker once the January transfer window opens.

Reports in the Manchester Evening News suggest that the Old Trafford club are interested in AFC Bournemouth hitman Callum Wilson.

It’s a potential move that would make a lot of sense in my eyes.

Wilson is twenty-seven years of age and that should see him hitting his peak years as a striker. Last term he scored fourteen goals in thirty league outings and he’s got three strikes in five games this season already. His form last year saw the forward receive his first call-up into Gareth Southgate’s England side and he’s now won three caps and scored for his country too.

He’s a forward that links up well with the widemen and that will be crucial in Solskjaer’s set-up. He can come deep and create space and he can also provide flick-ons for fellow attackers.

Callum would also offer a different option to what’s already there at Old Trafford. He’s a better protector of the ball and is more of a focal point for his team.

The striker is also an intelligent player. He can use his strength and speed to evade challenges, turn players and get into the box. He knows how to find space when inside the penalty area and that’s a valuable commodity for any striker. Wilson can finish with either foot.

As well as being a dependable goalscorer, Callum is also great at creating chances for those playing in and around him. The forward created nine assists in the Premier League last season!

The striker has a habit of making forceful and deliberate runs into the channels, then finding himself on the ball and producing strong deliveries into the box. By doing that he creates plenty of space for incoming fellow attackers. That could suit the likes of Rashford and Martial.

I really believe Callum Wilson would be a very good signing for Manchester United, especially when you consider their lack of depth in the attacking department.

That being said it won’t be an easy deal to do. I doubt Bournemouth will be happy sellers and will want top dollar for their proven goalscorer. That could see United potentially shelling out a huge amount for the forward.

Telling The Story Of Maryhill FC!

On Saturday I was at Lochburn to film Maryhill FC’s story for Club Development Scotland and Supporters Direct Scotland.

The Scottish Junior side were one tweet away from folding during the summer. They tweeted out that they needed help and since then volunteers have stepped up and saved the club.

Lookout for the two Great Danes enjoying the game, the famous breakfast pie and two fantastic overhead kicks!

It was a great game and I want to thank Maryhill FC and in particular Jeff Holmes for being so welcoming. Follow the club on twitter @MaryhillFC

It Would Be Ridiculous For Arsenal To Sack Unai Emery At This Time

Arsenal managed to drop points at Watford despite holding a two goal lead at half-time on Sunday.

The Gunners totally collapsed in the second half as The Hornets pushed to secure themselves a point (BBC Match Report). That dismal second half performance led to plenty of supporters questioning boss Unai Emery and some were even stating it was time to sack the Spaniard:

While I get some of the fan frustration, I just can’t see any point whatsoever in sacking Emery without giving the manager at least another full season.

We are only in September and the North London side are just two points off last season’s Premier League champions Manchester City, who are lying in second place.

Last term he finished just a point outside the top four positions. They also finished as runners-up in the Europa League.

I’d also like to point out that Watford played well in that second forty-five minutes and really fought for that point.

Emery was always going to have a longterm project on his hands. Former gaffer Arsene Wenger had been at the club for over twenty years and staleness had set in by the time the Frenchman had left the Emirates.

The whole club, as well as the first team, had to be freshened up. In the transfer market in the three they’ve had under Unai, Arsenal have strengthened and in the right areas too.

The team are playing more cohesive football, although I grant you that wasn’t really evident at the weekend. They’ve also looked stronger in the more important games.

Now that’s not to say that improvements can’t be made. They seem to bottle it when it really counts, for instance a win over Watford would’ve taken them into the top three. They also lost that Europa League final!

Some of Emery’s team selections puzzle me, I’m not going to lie. I’m not sure why Granit Xhaka seems undroppable, I’d prefer to see Lucas Torreira get more game time in the midfield.

But we also have to concede that new players are still settling in at The Emirates. I think Kieran Tierney will offer a lot more passion into that back four. I also think Nicolas Pépé will be a complete revelation once he’s gets used to the English game and starts to take his chances. So it’s not easy for Emery to pick his best side at the moment.

Does the short goal kicks annoy me?

No not really, it’s a new trend that everyone’s doing at the moment. It will take some getting used to, just as the pass back rule did in the early 90s. What I would say is that they should be cuter with the whole thing. I’d like to see the full-backs pushing up and giving the goalkeeper a different option and also give the defenders more space to run into.

Is Unai Emery the right man?

I really don’t know. It should be judged on progression and we can’t calculate that until the end of the campaign. If he and his side were to break into the Champions League places or win a trophy, then he will have progressed and he’s got a squad that’s capable of delivering on those goals.

If they can’t get into the top four and slip up too many times then the question should be asked come May.

I think some of the Arsenal support need to understand that there’s no magic wand and that they can’t expect success straight away, no matter the manager. Sacking a manager after every poor result will just lead to more bad results!

David De Gea Now Has To Earn His Big Crust At Man United

A few years ago, Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea was classed as one of the best goalkeepers in the world and was certainly viewed as being the best shot-stopper in the Premier League.

The goalie’s future has been up in the air in the last few years, with the Manchester United man being continually linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

As contract talks with the Red Devils continued to stall, David’s form took a dip last term. Mistakes crept into his game and suddenly Alisson and Ederson were more consistent Premier League keepers.

It seemed like the contract situation was playing on his mind. Up until last year, De Gea was United most consistent player since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013. He was a truly world class player and won United’s player of the year award in four of his eight seasons as a Man United player.

Since August 2011, no goalkeeper in the Premier League has kept more clean-sheets than De Gea’s 102.

Today United announced that they had finally tied the Spanish international keeper to a new deal that will keep him at the club until at least 2023 (Source ManUtd.com).

It’s believed that the new contract will make the twenty-eight year old the highest paid goalkeeper in the world.

That means he needs to get back to his very best and earn his big bucks!

Hopefully he’s now fully committed to the cause and has no more distractions to hinder his performances.

Another big plus for him is that his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has strengthened the United defence during the summer.

The arrival of Harry Maguire has meant that De Gea has more protection playing in front of him. The England international has already shown in United’s league wins over Chelsea and Leicester City that he’ll get his head onto every ball into Man United’s penalty area. He also looks very comfortable with the ball at his feet and has struck up a fine partnership with fellow centre-back Victor Lindelof.

Having a reliable duo playing in front of him, will give De Gea more confidence that his defence can help him out this season.

Against the Foxes at the weekend, the centre-backs had a good game and whenever they were breached David was on hand to save any shots that got through. That allowed the whole defence to claim their second clean-sheet of the campaign (BBC Match Report).

United also have a new right-back in Aaron Wan-Bissaka. The former Crystal Palace man works hard defensively and crucially he also has the pace needed to get back at his marker or help the centre-back pairing if they slip up.

After a shaky start at Old Trafford eight years ago, De Gea worked on his game and also bulked himself up to withstand the rigours that comes by playing in England. He is a tremendous shot-stopper, is terrific at blocking efforts with his feet and legs and his concentration levels (save last season) have been top notch.

The former Premier League golden glove winner has stated that he wants to bring glory back to Old Trafford:

“As one of the senior players in the squad, I want to support and lead in any way that I can to assist the younger players, so they know what it means to play here. I still feel that I have so much more to achieve at the club and I truly believe that Manchester United can build on the club’s tradition of success and reward our fans for their support.”


For that to happen then David de Gea needs to become one of the best goalkeepers in the world again and once again show that he can win points for his team, especially in the games that really matter!

A Huge Weekend Ahead For Rangers

It’s not about the defeats in football, it’s about how you react to them and make sure you limit them to just a few.

Rangers were flying high at the start of this campaign. They’ve managed to qualify for the group stages of the Europa League for a second year running and were undefeated in the Scottish Premiership after winning their opening three games.

Then just before the international break Rangers were floored by city rivals Celtic as the Premiership champions went to Ibrox and handed Steven Gerrard’s men a 2-0 loss (Sky Sports Match Report).

There’s nothing worse than losing to your closest rivals and then having two weeks to mull over the defeat.

Too many times last season, Rangers dropped points. That means this term they can’t let their confidence slip just because they’ve lost for the first time. They need to show that they can take a bad result and recover as soon as possible.

On Saturday, The Gers host Livingston and it’s a game that the Govan men probably need to win as they won’t want to let Celtic get further away in the league and they won’t want other sides smelling blood.

Livi won’t be the easiest of opponents though. Gary Holt’s men are just a point behind Rangers in the league after enjoying another strong start to a top flight campaign.

They haven’t thus far missed the defensive spine of Liam Kelly, Craig Halkett and Declan Gallagher who all departed the West Lothian club this summer. While in attack they’ve scored eight times so far this season and that’s just one less than Rangers.

So the Ibrox club will have to be disciplined both at the back and up top if they are going to keep a cleansheet and breakdown the Livi defence.

The Gers team also have an important Europa League fixture coming up against Feyenoord next week. They can’t allow that attractive tie to distract them from the importance of getting their league campaign back on track.

Rangers reacted to their Old Firm defeat by going out and bringing back Ryan Kent. The Glasgow giants agreed a £7m deal to sign Kent from Liverpool on a permanent basis (From The Evening Standard).

Kent was on loan at Ibrox last season and his form won him the Young Player of the Year award in Scotland. The forward is hoping to carry on from where he left off from last season.

Gerrard has stated that the winger could play this weekend but also warned that he may not be fully match fit yet:

“He is available for selection this weekend which is great but we have to appreciate the limited game time he has had.”

(Source Football Scotland)

That signing and Kent’s presence within the first team squad on Saturday could be a huge boost that gets the fans buzzing in the stands.

The crowd could be a big factor in what happens against Livingston. It may have been flat after the loss to Celtic, especially after the poor Gers performance. But with Ryan Kent back in Blue that support could be rocking from the get go and that could get into the minds of the Livi players.

Rangers need to win on Saturday, to show that they have the mental strength to get over the loss to Celtic and show everyone that they’re going to challenge this season.

Lose and people will dismiss them once again!

Inter Fans Need To Back Players And Stop Being Ignorant

Not for the first time in recent years a black footballer heard monkey chants being directed at them during a Serie A fixture.

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku smashed home a penalty and that was met with disgusting chants from Cagliari supporters.

After the game, in which Inter won, Lukaku made it clear on Twitter that he was being racially abused:

A group of Inter fans, Curva Nord, stated that the monkey chants from opposing fans directed towards one of their own players wasn’t actually racist at all:

“We are sorry you thought what happened in Cagliari was racist.”

“You have to understand that Italy is not like many other north European countries where racism is a real problem.”

“We understand that it could have seemed racist to you but it is not like that. In Italy we use some ‘ways’ only to ‘help our teams’ and to try to make our opponents nervous, not for racism but to mess them up.”

 “Please consider this attitude of Italian fans as a form of respect for the fact they are afraid of you for the goals you might score against their teams and not because they hate you or they are racist.”

Source – BBC Sport

So the Inter faithful believe it’s just opposition fans winding up footballers. Now I get that that does happen, if a player is about to step up to take a penalty kick then they’ll get whistled and jeered at as the opposition support try and put them off. But as soon as you direct monkey chants towards black players, you’re crossing the line and it’s extremely racist and very offensive.

Internazionale fans need to realise that they can’t define what’s racist and what isn’t. They don’t have that right, nor should they believe they’ve got that right. It’s deeply ignorant to suggest that they know more about racism than a black footballer and kind of emphasises the views that Italy does indeed have issues with tolerance and possesses a racist culture.

Before the Serie A campaign started the league came out and stated that illegal piracy kills football. When videos of the monkey chanting started to pop up on social media, the Italian football authorities were quick to get those posts taken down.

I suggest to those same authorities that they try and stamp out the racist culture that’s in their stadia as vigorously as they’re trying to stamp out the piracy that exists online.

Going to the point that the fans believe it’s not in fact racist. Plenty of players will argue differently including Moise Kean, Blaise Matuidi and Kalidou Koulibaly who have all experienced the disgusting chants in recent seasons on Italian soil.

But in Italy there seems to be too many wanting to sweep it under the carpet.

Kean didn’t receive the backing of his teammate Leonardo Bonucci or his manager at Juventus when he reacted to the abuse he received at Cagliari last season. They quickly backtracked after an uproar from the football media and the wider football community.

In 2017, Sulley Muntari left the field of play as Cagliari fans racially abused him. He complained to the referee, who in turn booked the midfielder. He then received a suspension from the Italian FA, which was eventually rescinded after a public outcry.

The footballing authorities in Italy need to start doing more to combat this abuse.

Interestingly Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte doesn’t seem to hold the same belief as the Curve Nord that Italy doesn’t have racists issues.

Conte said this:

‘Really, I didn’t hear anything from the bench,’

‘However, it is true that in general more education is needed in Italy. I have also heard Ancelotti complain about the constant insults received on certain pitches.

‘When you are abroad there is more respect, the fans think only of supporting their team.’

Via The Metro

That gets to the real crux of the matter. Inter Milan fans should back their team and support their players. To patronise your main striker and to ignorantly dismiss his views shows a total lack of understanding.

They are willing to ignore abuse directed at their own players because they wish to abuse others, that’s the only way I can start to reason their extremely poor statement and that’s so very sad for any player of colour that plays in Italy today.

Manchester United Aren’t Good Enough!

The season started so well for Manchester United, what with their fabulous 4-0 win over Chelsea during the opening weekend of the Premier League.

Yet even in that game things looked nervy to begin with as the Blues had the better chances before the Red Devils scored their opening goal. But United then blew away their opponents and it looked to be a good foundation to which they could build from!

Unfortunately for United fans it hasn’t worked out that way.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side threw away a lead to draw with Wolves in their next encounter. Things weren’t helped when Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford debated over who should take a penally, which the French midfielder missing that spot kick.

Then the Manchester giants couldn’t stop themselves losing to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. United couldn’t take their early chances and ended the first-half a goal down. Rashford then managed to match Pogba and miss his own penalty. New signing Daniel James thought he had saved his club a point with an eighty-ninth minute equaliser but Man Utd then contrived to lose another goal in injury time. That’s their first loss to Palace at home since 1989.

This afternoon, Man United dominated Southampton at St Mary’s in the first half and Daniel James scored another stunner that had his side leading the Saints. But then in the second half, Southampton out fought their opponents and scored an equaliser and even with ten men they survived to hold onto a point (BBC Match Report).

That means Man United have started this season with just five points from their opening four games and they lie in seventh place at the time of writing this blog post.

Some things have improved. They do look stronger at the back with Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in there but even with that they still concede silly goals.

Fellow new boy James has scored three times in those opening fixtures. He looks a real talent and one that isn’t scared of the red jersey he now wears. In fact he’s fast becoming an influential attacker within the squad.

While the three new signings have come in and added things that United needed, I don’t believe the club did enough during the summer transfer window.

While I can’t argue too much with the players that have left Old Trafford this summer, I don’t think the club have bolstered the squad enough to help Solskjaer.

For example no midfielders have been brought in.

Both Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini departed the club within the last two transfer windows, yet no new midfielders were brought in to challenge for places.

Against Southampton today, Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira weren’t good enough in possession. Neither of them managed to reach 80% in their passing success stats. The young duo are still learning their trade and will have games like that.

Holding midfielder Nemanja Matic came off the bench today and he might be needed after the international break but in truth the Serbian seemed to be in decline last year and injuries are starting to creep in too.

We still haven’t seen Fred this term and that says to me that his manager doesn’t fancy or trust him.

In attack, United also seem to lack depth.

Romelu Lukaku was sold to Inter Milan and wasn’t replaced, while Alexis Sanchez also joined the Serie A side this week. You can question Lukaku’s fitness and whether or not he suited Ole’s style but you can’t deny he scored goals. In total the Belgian striker hit the net twenty-eight times in sixty-six Premier League appearances for United. If you sell him, then you need to replace him and his goals!

Anthony Martial was missing today due to a thigh injury (Source The Sun). That meant that Rashford was given the central striker’s role and he didn’t overly impress. The English international only had forty-one touches of the ball and he went deep and out wide too many times.

From the bench Solskjaer called upon an out of form Jesse Lingard and seventeen year old attacker Mason Greenwood. Young Greenwood did try and make an impact but it’s pretty telling that Ole had no other real options to bring on to try and wrestle out the win.

In attack Man United lack an experienced head. Someone who can come in and help those around him. It seems bizarre given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to fight with the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Ruud Van Nistelrooy during his stint as a forward at United.

The team also struggle to see games out and have failed to dominate against supposed weaker opposition. That along with a lack of attacking options from the bench has seen Manchester United endure a poor start to the season.

The club seem to lack a winning strategy both on and off the park and the top four seems to be a tall ask at this stage!

Rangers Winger Jordan Jones Should Try & Emulate Celtic Star James Forrest

Jordan Jones has started life as Rangers player with a bit of a flourish.

The Gers support like his direct style and opposition defences hate coming up his electric pace.

In his first nine appearances as a Gers player Jones has popped up with two important assists in the Europa League, the last coming in midweek as his great cross found Alfredo Morelos who headed Rangers into the group stages (Rangers FC Match Report).

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard seems to be very impressed by his new summer signing:

“Jordan Jones did not get many numbers today in terms of assists or goals, but he was outstanding. Look at our second goal, it was a great move.”

Via Hitc

Now the Northern Ireland internationalist certainly seems to have the skill-set to become a difference maker at Ibrox.

But if I can take you back to Gerrard’s praise of Jones, it’s interesting that he mentioned that the former Kilmarnock winger’s lack of goals and assists.

Last season at Killie in the Scottish Premiership, Jordan finished the campaign with four goals and four assists. He should be looking to double that goals tally and get double figures in terms of making assists this term at Rangers .

In regard of improving his goal and assist stats, the Rangers man could look across the city and try and emulate Celtic wide-man James Forrest.

In the 2015-16, Forrest made nineteen top flight appearances for the Scottish champions and he scored just twice and created a single assist.

Compare that to last term and he scored eleven goals and made twelve assists in the Premiership alone. He’s also started this year with a bang, scoring six times and creating five assists. James has netted in each of his last four European appearances for the Hoops.

Before Brendan Rodgers arrived it looked to be a certainty that Forrest would leave Celtic Park. He was struggling to stay in the first team under Ronny Deila, had persistent issues with his hamstrings and had even rejected a new contract in early 2016 (Source Sky Sports).

Then Rodgers arrived and things seemed to click for Forrest at Celtic. Since then he has gone on to become an integral player for both Celtic and Scotland.

He always had the skills and pace to be a threat on the wing but he then added a killer instinct in front of goal and created hatfuls of chances for teammates.

It was as if Rodgers had convinced James that he could be a superstar for Celtic and as the winger started playing regularly without any injury set-backs he just continued to improve.

Rangers will hope that Jordan Jones can have the same impact in Govan.

Gerrard clearly likes the player and will hope that Jordan can also add more goals and assists to his game. The player has shown against FC Midtjylland and Legia Warsaw that he can be a valuable threat in the bigger games.

It’s not often that one side of Glasgow can take inspiration from the other side but James Forrest has shown that with hard work and confidence you can go from a decent winger to a consistent match winner, now Jordan Jones will hope he can start to do the same for Rangers!

Premier League Week Four Preview – Arsenal vs Tottenham

Week four of the new Premier League season is going to be full of exciting matches, but the one that draws the most attention is the clash between two out of the top five teams gunning for the top flight title. 

Both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have suffered defeats the previous weekend. The Gunners lost at Anfield 3-1 to the European champions Liverpool, conceding three goals in the frame of only 17 minutes. While Arsenal lost to another title contender, Tottenham has something to be sorry about from the previous round, as they couldn’t beat Newcastle United at home, practically erasing their great performance from the week before when they drew against the title defenders Manchester City

Both teams will now be looking to make up for their defeats, and their match-up which is scheduled for the first day of September is surely going to be an exciting one. 

The Squads 

There still isn’t any information regarding the starting eleven for Sunday’s match, but it will be surprising if either of team makes any significant changes. 

Arsenal is going to rely on their forward line with two African superstars – Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Alexandre Lacazette might come in and make it an attacking trio.

The Gunners’ central-midfielder Lucas Torreira scored the team’s only goal against Liverpool in the second half after being subbed-in for Dani Ceballos, so maybe he is going to get more playing time against Tottenham. The midfield also consisted of the captain Granit Xhaka, as well as Matteo Guendouzi and Joe Willock who were both substituted in the late stages of the match against Liverpool.

The defensive line in the previous round for Arsenal consisted of Sokratis, David Luiz, Nacho Monreal and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. While Bernd Leno stood between the posts. 

Tottenham underperformed against Newcastle and allowed one of the biggest upsets so far in this new season. Although the Spurs seemed like the more dominant team throughout the match, they couldn’t score a goal, while they conceded one midway through the first-half. 

As is the case with any team Spurs plays against, the biggest threat for Arsenal will be Harry Kane. It doesn’t often happen that Kane goes scoreless for three straight matches, so the Tottenham will be hoping for his good performance. 

In midfield and support forwards there are Son Heung-Min, Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura, Moussa Sissoko, Harry Winks and Christian Eriksen (who started the last match as a sub).

At the back are Danny Rose, Davinson Sanchez, Toby Alderweireld and Walker-Peters. Experienced centre-half Jan Vertonghen can always come in if needed. Hugo Lloris will be looking to keep a clean-sheet. 

Betting on Arsenal vs Tottenham 

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Arsenal is currently a slight favourite to win this one, with the odds on the home team moving between 2.37 and 2.45 on some top bookie sites. The draw comes with the odds of between 3.50 and 3.72, while a Tottenham win is valued somewhere between 2.77 and 2.91. 

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The match is scheduled for Sunday, September 1 and the kick-off will be at 4:30 PM.